Posts tagged with: TouchWiz UX
  • by | January 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | January 15, 2014 4:39 PM

    It's easy to be overly critical of Samsung. The company is larger than some of its biggest competitors several times over, and it has the man power, resources, and know-how to not make some pretty obvious mistakes over and over again. We've reamed Samsung more than once for shipping substandard products with laughably awful software and performance optimization. TouchWiz UX, for example, has shipped on dozens of Samsung products over the years. It's not only long in the tooth, cluttered, and … ugly, it is some of the most poorly optimized Android software we've ever dealt with time and ...

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  • by | June 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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  • by | May 29, 2013 12:55 PM

    I have always valued the stock Android experience over the various customized strains from OEMs, even before Android itself looked anything like it does today – back in the Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread days. It's more rustic, rough around the edges … raw. I like to use devices as they were intended to be used, how they were supposed to look and feel from the factory. This is exactly why I don't use cases. They mask the true beauty, engineering mastery, the design, and all the hard work that went into making a phone. It's like saying you want to protect a drawing your kid made ...

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  • by | March 18, 2013 7:00 AM

    Comparisons between the two most prized Android hardware manufacturers' latest flagship devices were inevitable. Both HTC and Samsung have been battling it out to become the top Android manufacturer since the platform first hit consumer hands. And while Samsung currently has a wide lead over HTC, in both cash reserves and market share, HTC is far from hanging up the towel and going home. In the past month, both companies have unveiled their latest work to a mostly pleased audience, mixed with thousands of curious press and hundreds of thousands of potential customers. First came the HTC ...

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  • by | August 16, 2012 2:16 AM

    After hearing the recent rumors talking about the possibility of August 29 marking the beginning of the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update process for the Samsung Galaxy S III, we were wondering why there weren't/aren't any leaked ROMs (or proof) out there when usually these things happen sometimes even a month before the release. Well, the video below shows off just that: a Samsung Galaxy S III running what appears to be an official beta of the upcoming refresh, based on Android 4.1.1, packed with all the Jelly Bean goodies and the Samsung TouchWiz UX Nature on top of the operating ...

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  • by | June 8, 2012 3:49 PM

    When I wrote my reaction piece to Samsung's Galaxy S III announcement last month, I focused on a handful of software features the company was introducing with its new flagship smartphone. I found the phone's physical design rather unimpressive, dreaded the arrival of yet another version of TouchWiz, and wasn't buying Samsung's attempt to position this phone as some kind of nature-inspired river-rounded techno-pebble ... so the software innovations were the only thing getting me excited at the time. Fortunately, I had a lot of those innovations to choose from. Samsung really blew the doors ...

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  • by | June 8, 2012 1:59 PM

    For as long as manufacturers have put skins on Android, tech geeks have argued over their usefulness. Custom UI layers on top of older OSes like Windows Mobile -and even earlier versions of Android- enjoyed a less-criticized existence. Often, their interface and usability tweaks were seen as enhancements, filling gaps in functionality that the underlying OS had left open. I remember being relieved to discover, in the summer of 2010, that my next Android phone -the then-new HTC Evo 4G- was shipping with HTC Sense. To my eye, Sense looked and worked better than stock Froyo, and I still had ...

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  • by | June 6, 2012 8:17 AM

    When we heard the official confirmation for the American Samsung Galaxy S III specs we also heard of availability plans, including pre-order dates. June 6 was mentioned as the start of the pre-ordering process for both AT&T and Verizon and, since today is June 6, you can go online and secure your unit. Both carriers will offer the phone with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, as officially confirmed. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Orders The phone is available for pre-order in marble white and pebble blue colors, both going for $199.99 on a two-year contract ($549.99 ...

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  • by | June 6, 2012 5:07 AM

    You can find lots of Samsung Galaxy S III coverage to consume until our full review (spoiler: soon!) and until your U.S. carrier variant becomes available. We're checking out the International version which has a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM opposed to American flavors which will get a dual-core SoC and 2GB of RAM. If Verizon is the network of your choice you will like this one: the carrier has allegedly confirmed that the Galaxy S III on its line-up (landing in July?) will support global roaming. However, the feature will not be available at launch but will be added later on via a ...

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  • by | June 4, 2012 9:39 AM

    June 21 is the day to circle in your calendar if you are an Android, Samsung, Galaxy S III and Sprint fan. The Now Network just let everyone know that the most anticipated Android phone of the year will land on its line-up on June 21. The 16GB version will cost $199.99 and the 32GB version will go for $249.99 when you sign a new contract; however, the 32GB variant will be available exclusively through Web Sales. In terms of specs, don't expect the same internals as the International flavor: it will pack a 1.5GHz dual-core processor but an additional 1GB of RAM for a total of 2GB. Is that ...

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  • by | June 4, 2012 9:15 AM

    So far we have unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S III and we've compared it with last year's Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S II as its predecessor, but today we're putting it to some more work. It's going to be a tough fight because the Samsung Galaxy S III is up against the hottest HTC phone of the moment, the HTC One X. We're comparing specs, day-to-day/real-life usage/application launch speeds, benchmarks, internet browsing performance, gaming as well as the SLCD2 screen versus the HD Super AMOLED screen. You will also see a 1080p video recording comparison between the two so sit back and ...

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  • by | June 3, 2012 7:36 AM

    After we have just recently unboxed the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III, we are now taking a look at the current Samsung flagship Android compared to last year's Galaxy S model, the Galaxy S II, which was launched in February of 2011. Since many of you out there might be still on a contract and considering an upgrade to the Galaxy S III, we are comparing the 2011 and 2012 model, side by side, in a video where we take a look at day-to-day usage, benchmarks, gaming and internet browsing performance. Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy S III? Find out by taking a look at our video below!

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  • by | June 2, 2012 6:50 AM

    It's been a long period of waiting for Samsung fans as well as Android fans but the phone is finally here, available in different regions of the world -- 28 countries to be more specific -- the most anticipated Android phone of the year: the Samsung Galaxy S III. The packaging is a neutral white carton box which resembles last year's Galaxy S II box and inside there's your charger, headphones, buds, cable, battery and literature. The most important part, the Galaxy S III, is the first thing you see when you open the packaging. Check out the video below to see what to expect when you ...

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  • by | May 29, 2012 8:23 AM

    Despite the delay rumors Samsung went ahead and made the Galaxy S III official today for 28 countries -- and despite today's launch the phone is not quite available yet for many who are waiting for it. However, there was no word of a U.S. launch just yet and we hoped that Samsung has learned from its past mistakes with the Galaxy S II. It appears that the South Korean company did indeed learn, at least according to TJ Kang, SVP Media Services for Samsung, who said that "unlike previous product launches, the time lag will be much more compressed for the Galaxy S III". "So I think it will ...

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